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Heart Japan – A Merging Of Fan Groups For A Night Of Fundraising

An Evening of J-Fun!

On Wednesday 20th April, an assembly of anime, J-Pop and fashion fan groups got together to organise an event at the Vibe Bar in London as part of Heart Japan, parties held in aid of raising money for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.  

As guests arrived they were handed a goody bag containing a box of delicious Mikado, a free DVD, art print and some exclusive Blazblue goodies, courtesy of Kraft, Zen United and Manga Entertainment. 

"Kawaii" Maid Ren (L) & Maid Rini (R)

They were then greeted by cute maids from the Oh, My Lord! Maid Café London and Lolita-glad girls who had a stall selling a range of tasty homemade sweet fancies and cupcakes; they later also took part in a fashion shoot.  To top it off – the icing on the cupcake as it were – was the live performances, the highlight of the event for sure

First up was AKB48 tribute act LND48 who brilliantly performed dance routines to “Heavy Rotation” and “10nen Zakura” dressed in school uniforms, the Japanese idol group’s signature outfit.  It was LDN’s third appearance in less than four months – the other two took place at Anime Con and WOTA – and they are already proving to be a popular alternative to the real thing.

Idol tribute act LDN48

Following on from LDN48 was Johnny Lazer, an electro-pop singer who is the alter-ego of Scottish born Antony Cherrie, backed by the captivating female drummer, Laura Fares. 

The music of Johnny Lazer is a marvellous concoction of genres including electronic music within the styles of David Bowie, Billy Idol and early Japan, the 80s New Wave band fronted by David Sylvian.

Johnny Lazer

Johnny Lazer has become a firm favorite with the UK anime scene, delivering many rousing performances at such venues like the Grand International Cosplay Ball and London Anime Con.  And his showcase for Heart Japan was no exception.   Both he and drummer Fares delivered an impressive, high-energy musical presentation which got the crowd up on its feet;  Their electrifying live show that night is a clear indication of why the duo are one of the most exciting and promising acts in the UK right now. 

Lazer’s repertoire included the two infectious songs “Bad Boyfriend” and “New High”, both of which were released on March 28th as a double A-side single and can be purchased from iTunes with all the proceeds going to the Red Cross in aid of the victims of the Japan crisis.  So get downloading, and enjoy!

http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/bad-boyfriend-single/id421883847

Cosplay Queen

For more information on Johnny Lazer or any other act signed to Aztec Records, go to www.aztecrecords.co.uk

The evening ended with a raffle offering an assortment of anime and manga related merchandise, and an auction for an original piece of manga-style artwork by Scott Pilgrim which fetched £320.

The headline sponsor for Heart Japan London is Lyca Mobile.

Diverse Japan wishes to congratulate Heart Japan for putting on such a memorable and worthwhile event and is look forward to the next one.

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